You Ask, I Answer_ Google Tag Manager vs. Google Analytics

Charles asks,

“Is there ever a reason to use Google Analytics tracking codes separate from Google Tag Manager, or should they always be together?”

Google Tag Manager should always be the way we deliver Google Analytics, without exception. For a brief period in 2016, we needed to separate them with the Accelerated Mobile Pages protocol, but even that is no longer the case. If you’ve noticed, Google’s own Analytics tracking code has changed to something called GTag. Go look in Google Analytics. GTag is Google Tag Manager – you can even see it in the URL in the little code snippet.

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In today’s you ask I answer Charles asks, Is there ever a reason to use Google Analytics tracking codes separate from Google tag manager or should they always be together, they should always without exception be together Google tag manager should be the way we deliver Google Analytics no exceptions at all now for a brief period of time in 2016 that was not the case. We needed to separate them because something new had come out then call it accelerated mobile pages in which you needed to be able to run very lightweight or or very, very mobile friendly JavaScript containers, but even That’s no longer the case. Now you can use Google Tag Manager with adaptation with your accelerated mobile pages so there is no longer any kind of reason to use Google Tag Manager separate from Google Analytics, they should always be together if you’ve noticed, even Google has started enforcing this with people where the if you go into Google Analytics and you go into the Analytics tracking code. You’ll notice it no longer says analytics j s in it and now says g tag g tag Google rolled out last year in 2017

and it is effectively. If you look at the URL, it’s Google Tag Manager, they’ve said this is how we want you to deploy Google Analytics always within a container of some kind, g tag is

a slimmed down Google Tag Manager that supports AdWords analytics and a couple other things within one bucket, but it is 100% Google Tag Manager. Now why would you use g tag versus Google Tag Manager, you wouldn’t you always default to Google Tag Manager g tag is simply Google’s way of helping people who don’t have any IT resources or any marketing technology resources to get Tag Manager out into the field. If you have the ability or the willingness to learn Google Tag Manager is the way to go. And the reason for that

looking around here is that

Google Tag Manager is a bucket. It is a bucket in which you put other pieces of code like Google Analytics. But what’s important about it is that it is managed separately. It loads without impacting the rest of your page and it allows you to move things in and out of the bucket without having to change what’s on the web page. So one thing that marketers have struggled to do a lot is they are putting like new pixels Facebook pixels Twitter pixels and this and that and all these different ads systems on the web pages and if you don’t use a Tag Manager, what happens is you end up having edit pages over and over and over again or calling your IT department waiting, you know, three weeks for them to get around to modifying your pages and that’s really bad for our obvious reasons, it, it slows down on your ability to be effective as a marketer when you use Tag Manager. All you need to do is get it to put the bucket on every page on your website without exception once and then you the marketer, as long as you have administrative access to tag manager can put things in and out of that bucket as you see fit. For example, if you wanted to put a conversion pixel on your thank you pages you would put the conversion pixel in Tag Manager and then tell Tag Manager. I only want you to trigger on thank you pages and it will then push that change across your website without any help from it and it will automatically detect and run in those circumstances. If you want to use things like Google website satisfaction surveys built right into Tag Manager. If you want to use Google optimized AV test your landing pages again built right into Tag Manager and so you can run these services again without having to ask it to do these things and as long as you

document and an audit and do all the things you need to do for compliance.

You shouldn’t. It shouldn’t break anything and it should drastically increase the speed at which you market.

The other reason to use Tag Manager is that if you have multiple websites and you want a one view of all these websites you want to sort of

unify your analytics Tag Manager is the way to do that you drop your tag manager contained to the same one on multiple different websites and then

you specify which Google Analytics tag you want to run on each site and that way you only have one tag to manage across all your web properties

and it makes it easier to understand

if one site is referring traffic to another site. So

Google Tag Manager is always the way to go for Google Analytics without exception if you’re not using it strongly encourage you to switch over today

because it will make your life easier in the long run.

It will make your marketing governance of better

in the long run, and you’ll be able to deploy new features new things as it come out faster and faster and yesterday’s do something with your marketing episode to talked about, you know, all these different niche advertising platforms like stack adapt and Spotify ads studio and stuff. And if you want to roll that out

in a quick way with tracking pixels and retargeting pixels and stuff. Tag Manager is the way to do that. So you’ve got to use Tag Manager to get these benefits if you have are interested in learning more about Tag Manager and how to use it. There’s a free course from Google. Google Tag Manager fundamentals, you’ll find it analytics Academy dot with Google dot com and you can take the free course and learn how to use Tag Manager well learns best practices

and then get started rolling it out again there’s no reason, never to use Tag Manager that I can think of and it is the way Google wants you to do it. So, the faster you get ahead of the curve get ahead of Google just deploy Tag Manager up front, the more convenient, you will find using any kind of Google centric features of Google Analytics Google AdWords optimized website satisfaction, double click, etc. So use Tag Manager. Great question. Charles thanks for asking.

Let me know in the comments if you would be interested. I’ve actually been doing a lot of multi site Tag Manager deployments. Let me know if you’d be interested in the comments for this video

in a like a webinar, how to do multi site deployment, if that’s a problem that you have or if you if you’ve only got one website, then you know obviously would be very helpful if you’re managing multiple websites. Let me know in the comments for the video. If

a free webinar would be useful to learn

how much site should work and sort of the best practices that I’ve found for doing that with Tag Manager and Google Analytics. Also, please subscribe to the newsletter and the YouTube channel and thanks for watching. We’ll talk to you next time.


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